In 2002, the Canadian Forces Medical Services School (CFMSS) launched the first Canadian Physician Assistant Program to provide personnel with the skills and knowledge of primary health care delivery necessary to assume the duties and responsibilities of a Physician Assistant (PA) in the Canadian Forces. PA’s in the Canadian Forces may be employed in under serviced and isolated locations such as Canadian Forces Station Alert, which is 817 kilometres south of the North Pole, as well as all Submarines and Ships, where they provide the only immediately available medical services. In these settings the PA is under indirect supervision of a physician via satellite phone service. Additionally, PA’s may be employed in general practice settings called Care Delivery Units (CDU), which are similar to a civilian emergency department and/or a walk in clinic where they practice under on-site direct supervision by a physician.
Phase 1: Students enrolled in the PA Program are required to complete a course curriculum of 47 weeks of didactic course work at the Canadian Forces Health Services Training Center, located at CFB Borden, Ontario.
Phase 2: 47 weeks of supervised clinical competency rotations within a wide variety of selected civilian medical facilities throughout Canada.
Phase 3: Four day of OSCE type exams.
After completion, all PA's write the CAPA certification exam.
All students granted admission to the PA program are drawn from existing Medical Technicians within the Canadian Forces Medical Branch and are selected by a selection board from applicants. The PA Program students have previously attended several formal paramedical courses and have completed a significant number of on the job clinical training hours to maintain medical competency in their related medical fields.
The requirements for candidates attending this course are:
a. Rank can be MCpl or Sgt;
b. Primary Leadership Qualification (PLQ);
c. Medical Technician Qualification Level 6A (QL6A);
d Write a Threshold Knowledge Test;
e. Canadian Forces Aptitude Test (CFAT);
f. Personality Investory Test;
g. High School Graduate, and;
h. Have a letter from the Commanding Officer and their local medical authority recommending them for the program.
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CPO2/PM2 René Asselin, CD
PA Program Director, Banting Compagny, Canadian Forces Health Services Traning Centre
Department of National Defence/ Government of Canada
Rene.Asselin@forces.gc.ca / Tel: 705-424-1200 ext 1691/ Facsimile: 705-423-7251
Directeur du Programme des Adjoints aux Médecins, Compagnie Banting, Centre d’instruction des Sevices de santé des Forces canadiennes
Ministère de la Défence nationale/ Gouvernement du CanadaRene.Asselin@forces.gc.ca / Tél: 705-424-1200 ext 1691/ Télécopieur 705-423-7251
Ian Jones, MPAS, CCPA, PA-C
Master of Physician Assistant Studies
University of Manitoba
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